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Woodforde's Wherry Bitter 3kg (40pt)

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Woodforde's Wherry Bitter 3kg (40pt)

This in an amber coloured, smooth beer with a distinctly hoppy nose and a well balanced palate. It's flowery, hoppy character and long-lasting, wonderfully bitter aftertaste makes it a favourite with real ale drinkers.

Tastes very similar to Old Speckled Hen and Spitfire.

Approx 4.5% ABV

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Named after the unique sailing barges which were once common on the Norfolk waterways. . Its flowery hoppy character , amber colour and long lasting wonderful bitter after taste, makes it very popular. Award winning: Supreme Champion Beer of Britain (Bronze) 2005 Supreme Champion Beer of Britain (Gold) 1996 Various other Champion Bitter of Britain awards One of our best selling kits and highly recommended. 3kg "Real Ale" kits based on recipes from the Woodforde's Broadland Brewery in Norfolk. This brewery has built up an enviable reputation for producing a super range of beers, many of them award winning. All recognised for their impeccable quality & flavour. One of the most popular all malt ranges, consistently producing great brews. No additional sugar required.

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    Woodforde's Wherry Bitter 3kg (40pt)
    Review by Johnon 08/08/2017
    This kit produces a nice bitter, though sometimes is remains a little cloudy, but taste good to the end.
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    A great "house beer" kit
    Review by Davidon 13/07/2017
    I have made about 10 of these kits, all of them have turned out well. About 5 brews in I tried to make improvements by using liquid yeasts instead of the standard packet that comes with the kit, adding some steeped grains (crystal and chocolate malt) and extra hops both at the time of making and as a dry-hop addition after fermentation. I also added some maltodextrose to improve the head and mouthfeel. It is very good in the basic kit format but once you add your own refinements to suit your own personal tastes it can be truly wonderful. It also pays to take your time, let it have 3 weeks in the fermenter and then rack it off the yeast and let it lie for another 2 or 3 weeks in a barrel as a secondary fermentation. I also think controlling the fermentation temperature helps - around 18C I think is ideal.
    Using the same kit over a period of time and adding experimental additional steps is a great way to learn and improve your brewing skills. This is an ideal kit to do it with.
    I have awarded 4 stars but with the extra steps it gets 5 stars.
  • Rating
    A great first attempt at homebrew
    Review by Andyon 28/04/2017
    This was my first kit that I tried and it got me hooked. It was very easy to make and was very easy to drink after 4 weeks in the bottle. I got nowhere near 4.5%, but at 3.8% it was a great session beer. The only problem was it didn't last too long before it had all been drunk.
  • Rating
    Very drinkable...
    Review by Malon 22/03/2017
    Great tasting beer. Another winner from Woodforde's!...
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    great homebrewed bitter
    Review by Neil on 16/02/2017
    This is a great bitter, just.as good as the pub bitter at a fraction of the cost, leave it a bit longer than it says and the taste improves even more, like mine die, what more can I say, have a go yourself and see what you think, nothing to loose
  • Rating
    Great Bitter
    Review by Neil on 15/02/2017
    Great tasting beer, just as good if not better than getting it in the pub, Much cheaper as well, what more could you want
  • Rating
    Very drinkable especially when tweaked
    Review by Rolandon 12/02/2017
    I have made this kit twice now, once as per the instructions and the second time using the Wherry tweak recipe (search forum). I didn't think that the tweaked recipe would make all that much differance asnot much more is added. Well I was wrong! It does give a more rounded result. It's a great kit on its own, but even better when you use the wherry tweak recipe. Enjoy!
  • Rating
    Good but not quite there
    Review by edon 08/01/2017
    I have brewed a few of these kits because it is a good, reliable, drinkable pint, then try others in between to try for that holy grail the ideal kit. I have since moved on to Nelsons revenge, I find it suits my taste better, but we are all different. I certainly wouldn't say anything against Wherry
  • Rating
    Simple to use and very drinkable!...
    Review by Malsteron 16/08/2016
    Living in France I missed having a proper bitter. I bought this with the kit and it's very simple to use. I wasn't disappointed. A real taste of home (east anglia). This has a traditional keg flavour and tastes great!...everyone who has tried it liked it a lot. I'll be brewing this on a regular basis. Time to place another order I think!...
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    Excellent kit
    Review by Turtson 07/06/2016
    The Woodforde's Wherry kit has become a staple brew for me. It's easy to put together as there is no sugar needed (two cans of liquid malt are supplied), it tastes fantastic as is if you brew to instructions and it lends itself well to tweaking slightly (a quick search on the forum will give many variations on this theme).

    All in all a top kit, highly recommended!

    Cheers

    Turts.
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    Marvellous Beer !
    Review by Christopheron 25/05/2016
    I have been brewing kits for about a year and a half now and thought I would give this a try. One of the simplest - no added hops, so I had my doubts. Took about a week longer than I expected to become stable and then I barreled it. 2 weeks later it tastes great and is pretty clear - not totally, but clear enough. No need to be too picky on that. A lovely simple bitter style beer and not too bitter. I shall definitely brew this again.
  • Rating
    A wherry good brew
    Review by Grahamon 07/03/2016
    I have brewed Woodforde's wherry on many occasions. It takes a while to clear (nothing that can't be cured by the addition of Irish moss 10 minutes b fore the end of boil) it is worth waiting for it to clear because it is then that it tastes best. On one occasion, with out Irish moss it took three months but was worth the wait.
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    Pleasure re-ignited.
    Review by Allenon 02/03/2016
    I have in the past 6 months returned to home brewing after a break of 39 years. How did this come about ,well my wife bought me a Wherry kit for my birthday, mainly to shut me up from complaining about the price of beer in our local pub. So I decided to make the kit up but first had to buy all new gear, followed all the instructions and lo and behold I had some of the finest home brew I have ever tasted, so impressed I even invited my son's to try it out as they are all real ale devotees. They were impressed.
    Since then (August 2015) ,I have not stopped brewing, and strangely enough I see a lot more of my lads, I can only put it down to them becoming hooked on Wherry
  • Rating
    What a beer!
    Review by Terenceon 01/02/2016
    I have gone through a dozen or so kits, every time a winner. I have started to add a couple of ounces of sugar at the start and end up with a 6% brew.
    I think this kit takes some beating will certainly continue with it
  • Rating
    Great beer, year after year
    Review by kdmudon 28/01/2016
    Have been brewing Wherry for about 10 years. One of my perennial favourites. You can't go wrong with it.
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    Woodforde's Wherry 40 pint
    Review by Daveon 09/12/2015
    This is the third successive time I have purchased this product and it will not be the last. As another reviewer put it, it is a beer that you need to have a barrel of in stock at all times, as indeed I do. I am experimenting with other beers but the ease of making this outstanding product and the continual success rate of each brew, the flavor, the clarity and sparkle, make it a difficult decision to order anything else.
    Any way I have purchased another beginners kit containing Woodforde's Wherry for my son for this Christmas.
    I hope this helps with your decision as to whether it is worth spending your money on.
  • Rating
    Buy this brew kit, you will not be disapointed.
    Review by Stew the brewon 01/10/2015
    The Wherry is the only brew kit that I have continuously bought since starting to home brew.
    The Wherry can go toe to toe with any commercially brewed beer out there. This is a bargain basement priced kit that wipes the floor with the more expensive added hops and oak chip brigade.
    It is the perfect session beer, light, hoppy, perfectly balanced.

    Buy it brew it drink it.

  • Rating
    It's beutiful!
    Review by Meredithon 23/09/2015
    I've given this 5 stars based on pure reliability and drink ability and the fact that no matter how many different other kits I try I return to this old favourite again and again. I've played with this kit dry hopping lots of different hops from Wakatu to additions of more trad Fuggles and Goldings and it always turns out great. As a straight kit its such a great session beer that's so easy to get right, you just have to give it a go....and another and another. A classic that doesn't get dull and works great in a keg or left to mature in a bottle.... A real Norfolk Classic
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    Woodfords Wherry
    Review by Jon33on 05/06/2015
    I have ordered the same product again despite the wide appetising range on offer because the last brew was just brilliant. As a real ale connoisseur I was initially impressed that the ingredients contained only malt extract and that no "1kg of sugar to be added to make up the ingredients" was required ( a sign of quality) I went on to follow the simple instructions using just 6 pints of boiling water ie two kitchen kettles full (none of this brewing 5 gallons with a heating element creating real rain from the garage roof, business). I added cold water and yeast and waited, for 1 week then barrelled and did add 85 grams of sugar for secondary fermentation. Put in cold garage and waited two weeks, then I tried it............................................................................came out like fire extinguisher 3/4 froth. I waited for froth to go down to enable at least 1/2 pint of drinkable. Crystal clear, dark brown with sparkling life right down to bottom of glass. A true real ale at home and 39 pints to go! unbelievable!!. Subsequent pints had same effervescence colour flavour and quality of a true draught pint.
    As for the Co2 cylinder included, might as well chuck in bin as unable to compete with fire hydrant pressures from barrel. Any way am off to coastal beer festival next an will be surprised if if doesn't match up. Will probably order again.
  • Rating
    really nice
    Review by Paulon 02/06/2015
    a really nice bitter
  • Rating
    best bitter
    Review by royon 28/05/2015
    This really is a lovely drink, not too hoppy, like some East Anglia brews. The kit is uncannily like the pub product. I tried a few other kits a few months ago, but that just re-affirmed my faith in Wherry. I use a 5 gallon pressure barrel.
    Do try it, you won't be disappointed.
  • Rating
    First two brews and had great success!
    Review by Paulon 01/02/2014
    I first started to brew from a beer kit in the 1980's! and my partner decided to get me a kit for my 50th :-]. I left it in a cuboard for quiet a while until she prompted me to get a brew going.
    I also had one of the starter kits.
    It was so good that I have now completed three of the Woodfoord kits.Woodford Wherry being the first.Just follow the intructions and make sure all of the equipment is clean and you will have no problems.
    I have also started to buy bottled water[cheap stuff] so that there is no other added tast from the water.I also only add a 1/4 of a tespoon of sugar to the bottle when bottling the beer.
    after the initial warm room conditioning leave the bottles in a cool place for a mimimum of 2 to 3 weeks.Don't be tempted to drink it before this :-] as the beer gets better with age . Enjoy!
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    Very happy with my first attempt
    Review by Debbieon 28/12/2013
    My husband and I have lived in Cyprus for the past 2 years and really enjoy it. The only thing my husband missed was good British real ale. So I bought the Wherry and it has just finished, and I have to say, I now have a very happy hubby. He is planning to buy more when he is in the UK next. The only problem I see is that he will need a larger luggage allowance when he comes back to Cyprus.
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    No probs.
    Review by FATSon 28/11/2013
    Absolutely no problems. I have used Woodfordes for many years and have always been delighted both with the service supplied and the quality of the final product. I would recommend them to anyone intending to venture into the realms of Home-Brew.
  • Rating
    Not my brew
    Review by chrison 17/11/2013
    Maybe I had a dude kit or made it wrong, but this isn't the kit for me. I don't think it tastes bad, it's just not a taste for me, and I won't be brewing it again.
  • Rating
    A very good bitter
    Review by Jonon 31/10/2013
    Been making this for a few months now and my only reservation is the yeast. It doesn't seem to settle firmly in the bottle and is easily disturbed. However I also make Coopers Aussie lager and that yeast enables me to pour the whole bottle so I split the yeast and use it for the Wherry also. Result very little waste.
  • Rating
    Excellent
    Review by Paulfr47on 30/10/2013
    This was my first attempt a home brew... It won't be my last..!! Excellent beer and well worth trying.
    Re-order already in the post..
  • Rating
    Never fails
    Review by Peteron 03/10/2013
    Reluctant to change brews This one is so good. Barrell lives in the garden shed- now known as Pete's Pub. Strongly recommended.
  • Rating
    The Best
    Review by Adamon 24/09/2013
    It's my favorite of all the brewpacks I've tried so far, with a fresreshingly light taste and also a full body. This one never seems to stick around long and I seem to order this one and a new beer together just in case the new beer I'm trying isn't to my taste, then I have a quality back up.
  • Rating
    Excellent Stuff!!
    Review by Mark Non 09/09/2013
    This was my third brew since starting this new hobby in June.
    And compared to the other two kits (not Woodfordes - they needed extra sugar and so were cheaper!), I was stunned by the result. No hint of "homebrew aftertaste" - I've even had friends asking me if I had really brewed this myself, or just bought a barrel from a friendly local brewer...... And they were serious!
    This will definitely become a regular in my barrel (well worth the extra few pounds on top of a cheaper kit) - a lovely ale that is quite tangy with lemony hints and beautifully balanced hops. So very refreshing in the summer too.
  • Rating
    Great flavor but doesn't pou well
    Review by DR Gregon 01/09/2013
    I agree with most of the reviews here that this kit makes top notch beer that tastes great. Bottled it rather than kegged it and after 4 weeks (1 week in airing cupboard, 3 in utility room) it is crystal clear. The only problem is that the yeast pellet is very loose, you either leave a couple of swallows in the bottle or drink a cloudy pint. Any advice on that would be welcome.
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    Good service from brew uk
    Review by Derekon 02/08/2013
    This is my 3 kit of Woodfordes Wherry Bitter it does what is says on the box a very good product
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    lovely stuff
    Review by Tomon 31/07/2013
    having done a few other kits already, decided to have a go at the saracen wherry tweak, as everyone raves about it so much. Just transferred from primary to pressure keg and had a little taste. Already tastes delicious. Not sure how long it's going to last!
  • Rating
    A first time must!
    Review by Lynch Mobon 17/07/2013
    1st beer made with this kit and it was so easy! can't wait to get some more on the go.
  • Rating
    Great ale well supped by all good body to it a very well behaved beer!!
    Review by Cat in Ale Nickon 25/06/2013
    First time we have brewed ale for a very long time this was very easy to make and a pleasure to drink. makes a very professional pint and a great centrepiece at a barby or party have ordered my second (first went in a fortnight!!) now brewing wherry and sundew two barrels - bring on the sunshine...
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    Woodfordes Wherry
    Review by Bisseyon 02/06/2013
    The best LME i have ever brewed! i did add 300g os sucrose and dry hopped with east kent goldings leaf hops for 2 weeks.

    It was amazing for can kits. 5/5. Buy now and you will love it!
  • Rating
    Start here but move on...
    Review by JudeSunFloweron 29/05/2013
    I began with Wherry when it came with my starter kit. It was a great place to start and is an incredibly drinkable brew but I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring others. Some people choose to dry hop it - a good idea if you want to add some extra character.
    A good solid pint which is a doddle to brew. I have almost convinced myself to order another...
  • Rating
    Superb
    Review by Attilaon 28/05/2013
    This kit is just brilliant. Tastes superb without the homebrew twang. I did dryhop with 30g cascade, and brewed short to 21l. Don't waste your money on sigle can kits this is so much better.
  • Rating
    Excellent
    Review by Goldieon 25/05/2013
    My standard home barreled beer - why buy anything else.
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    "I would pay for this"
    Review by Georgeon 22/05/2013
    A truly marvellous ale that really pleases the taste buds, initially we thought it was lacking any real depth but left for a few weeks it now tastes incredible. Well worth the money.
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    Outstanding
    Review by Roberton 08/05/2013
    Excellent service by Brew. The beer is as if from a real brewery. I would like to store one for six months to see how it fares but I havn't got the will power. I will definately do this again.
  • Rating
    Wherry Wherry good beer
    Review by Peteron 28/04/2013
    On my third brew of Woodfordes Wherry - excellent taste, smooth and flavourful but not too dark, and easy to make. I've tried Woodfordes Honeydew but I don't rate it as highly as the Wherry.
  • Rating
    Can't go wrong
    Review by Nick from Kenton 17/04/2013
    I'm on my fourth barrel of this brew and it is without doubt my favourite kit from B-UK. Always produces a good pint, sometimes takes a while to get going and sometimes needs a while in the barrel, but never had a duffo yet. Each time I order, I buy a new kit to experiment AND one of these as the bench mark. Top beer, a doddle to make and best in class price wise.
  • Rating
    Excellent!
    Review by Markon 31/03/2013
    This is a most delicious homebrew, which I unreservedly recommend.
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    Best homebrew I've made or tasted.
    Review by Saxonon 28/03/2013
    I came back to home brewing after about ten years and bought a new kit – bin, barrel, etc, and Woodforde's Wherry was part of that. My first brew was excellent, better than any I'd made in the past – a beer that could stand alongside Hen or Tribute or Bishops Finger, bright, good head and a fresh full flavour with a satisfying after taste. I've brewed seven barrelfulls so far and every one excellent. I shall no doubt be brewing other beers, but I know I'll come back to Wherry.
  • Rating
    Consistently user friendly
    Review by Coldhearton 23/03/2013
    I've been brewing for over 3 years now and have tried all the kits from Woodfordes, with Wherry featuring numerous times. I can't really fault these guys, whether in barrel or bottles, these kits have never failed to impress. Even one of my friends who has always previously been brewing full mash recipes has now been converted to the Woodforde kits. Easy to use with pleasing results.
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    Like the beer of yesteryear
    Review by Yoshoon 17/03/2013
    I got the Wherry kit as part of a starter kit from this site, so this was my first ever attempt at homebrewing.

    I can't fault it. My father sampled some and commented that it tasted just like old pub beer, it seemed to make him quite nostalgic.
  • Rating
    Fantastic
    Review by Iainon 14/03/2013
    Have had this one in the barrel now since November. It's really matured into an excellent smooth brew. Love this kit, will be buying again!
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    Can't believe its home brew
    Review by Pillion 02/03/2013
    Got the Wherrys kit for my birthday (26/1/13). Drunk half it by 21/2/13 -that's only three weeks after starting it. Crystal clear. Brother in law didn't realise it was homebrew until I told him. Was testing it (drinking) 2 - 3 days after putting it in pressure barrel. Slightly cloudy at that stage but after about a week - crystal clear. Just bought second kit. Should be ready for Easter.
  • Rating
    The best so far
    Review by Mickbhoyon 24/02/2013
    Hard to fault my first attempt , the keg produced to something akin to a pint pulled from a pub , even father in law could not fault it. The bottled half of the batch is a little yeasty but that may be down to my inexperience . Overall sets the standard ( 3 different kits now all good)
  • Rating
    Beautiful
    Review by Jonon 09/02/2013
    Second time I've bought this kit, it was my first ever time brewing the first time and was easy as pie.

    Tastes delicious, so much so that my wife can even drink it with a dash of lemonade. The taste isn't too heavy like some dark ales, just right.

    Definitely tastes better the longer you leave it though!
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    Top Notch
    Review by Brother Jimon 27/01/2013
    I have been brewing this now for a couple of years, you just cannot go wrong, in that time I have never had a bad brew. My firends couldnt believe the results and we are now brewing malt extract and looking to go full grain soon, will let you know the results!
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    Great first kit
    Review by JULIANon 24/01/2013
    This was my first sortie into home brewing and what a fantastic result.
    Straight forward, easy to follow instructions gave me my first home brew, that when introduced to my friends vanished in a week!!

    Still one of my favorites, I recommend anyone starting out try this first.
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    Can't fault this!
    Review by Steveon 13/12/2012
    Perfect!

    I have stocked up on kit so that I can make the best of this brew by allowing it to condition (whilst drinking a earlier brew).

    I "tested" half of my first 40 pints before I should have but it was still an exceptional brew!

    Very quick delivery from BrewUK too.
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    woodfords wherry
    Review by henryon 03/12/2012
    thought i would try this as i drink it in pubs.. first class couldnt tell the difference..dont need to go to pub so much now,got it on tap many thanks
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    love it
    Review by delboyon 10/11/2012
    iv just had a pint of my wherry ale its only been i the barrel for 10 day but i just had to try half a pint all i can say is wow what a drink now iv just got put the barrel away will be doing this kite again very soon
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    Dangerously moreish
    Review by Bitter Manon 08/11/2012
    This was my second brew, the first being a disastrous attempt a couple of years ago that turned to vinegar and almost put me off for life. But with the Wherry I've hit the jackpot - a complex, caramelly, mouth-filling pint that's not far off my favourite tipple of them all, Bath Ales Gem.

    After reading other reviewers' advice, and also scrutinizing the forum, I did the following: topped up to 21 litres rather than 23; left the FV under the stairs for 14 days; primed my barrel with 85g of granulated sugar simmered for a few mins in a little water; siphoned the brew in on top (making an utter hash of it - beer everywhere); immediately transferred half to bottles using a Little Bottler; put it all back under the stairs for 7 days to fizz up; and finally moved it to the garage to condition.

    It's been in the garage for about two-and-a-half weeks, and has now cleared and tastes amazing. Unfortunately, thanks to over-enthusiastic 'sampling' along the way, the barrel's already virtually empty (though still pressured up despite no extra CO2 added). Got a few bottles left that I'll keep to see how it matures. At least, that's the plan...
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    A wonderfull tasting bitter
    Review by guzzler on 25/10/2012
    The Woodforde's Wherry bitter is a fantastic beer I recommend anybody to brew this. It has a nice caramel taste and then a pleasant bitter aftertaste. May I recommend making it up to 20 litres about 35 pints. Yes you get less beer but you get a 4.8% beer and more body well worth it. Its been in the barrel now for a month and have my pint beside me. Its velvet smooth I gave my Dad and freinds some not telling them its home brew and they loved it. When I told them I made it they did not believe me. Its on par if not better then beer in a pub. But im not paying the best part of £3 a pint for it. Have already got some more in the F.V
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    Beautiful!
    Review by tomparkeson 05/09/2012
    Got this as part of my starter kit, and it's been conditioning in the barrel for almost two weeks. I've snuck a couple of cheeky glasses to make sure everything is going to plan, and it really is a decent drop. Friends and family have described it as "smooth" and "better than a lot of beers you are served in a pub".

    I took the advice of a number of users on the excellent forum here and brewed this to 21 litres, instead of the recommended 23 litres. This gives the brew a bit more body and raises the ABV a little. I also left it in the FV for 14 days, and conditioned in the barrel for a further 14. I suggest you read this before having a go - http://www.brewuk.co.uk/forum/topic/disc-new-brewers-faq-brewing-your-first-beer-kit

    I had no previous experience and have ended up with a barrel full of pub quality beer! Well worth a shot - lovely brew. Now on to extract brewing, for me...
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    Reliably good
    Review by PSFon 27/08/2012
    I got this beer with a brew kit my Wife bought me for Christmas. It was simple to make with clear instructions. As a Real Ale fan I was very impressed with it. It was drinkable within a couple of weeks (I couldn't wait), and just improved with age. I have now tried quite a few kits, but always have a Wherry on the go as it is so reliable.
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    Popular with everyone
    Review by Charlieon 24/08/2012
    Great brew, especially with Saracen's tweak !
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    With an amarillo tweak!
    Review by Jimmy Con 10/08/2012
    I have just tasted the first bottle of my wherry brew, this was my fifth kit and I couldnt resist the fabled brew.

    I made the kit short and added 250g of DME then dry hopped with Amarillo- fantastic result.

    Highly recommended, may be my new favourite!
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    Best starter kit in fact one of the best kits!
    Review by Colinwirralon 24/07/2012
    This was my first homebrew for over thirty years. I wish I'd tried a bit earlier, kits have come a long way since my early trials. This kit was matured in a barrel closely following all the instructions that came with the Youngs kit. On placing in the barrel I couldn't resist a taste and was pleasantly surprised. after 4 weeks it was even better but after 6 weeks it was superb! Everyone who tried this brew was not told 'til later that it was homebrew. No one guessed, in fact when offered a choice of bottles they all said no I'll stick to this. Even after telling them what it was! Now they'all talking about buying the kit.
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    Old Speckled Hen
    Review by Chrison 25/06/2012
    If you like Old Speckled Hen then this beer is for you. It could almost be called a clone and I was very pleased with the result. I am giving it 4/5 because I prefer a more fully rounded beer with more body than this brew has to offer, but you could pull that from a pub pump and I would believe it was from a leading brewery!
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    Cracking pint! Don't hesitate to give it a go........
    Review by Simonon 06/06/2012
    I'm sitting on my sofa right now enjoying a pint of this fantastic beer. Whether you are new to brewing or an old hand I'd thoroughly recommend giving this one a go. It really is top notch pub quality ale, simple as that! This is my second batch and it certainly won't be my last. It went down a treat at the Jubilee Street party this weekend and without exception was loved by everyone who tried it. I do my first fermentation on the dining room table (my wife eventually relented) and the secondary in my brick outbuilding which is always relatively cool. The first brew took about 3 weeks to clear and this time it was crystal (and I mean crystal) clear in 2 weeks which I am still amazed by. The only way I deviate from the instructions is by allowing 9 or 10 days for the first fermentation before barrelling. I also thoroughly recommend Brew UK, I have placed a number of orders with them now and have received excellent service and speedy delivery every time. Go for it!
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    Superb
    Review by Lisaon 25/05/2012
    Absolutely superb.

    I have not made any beer for over 20 years and bought the kit as a quick way back into the 'hobby' as I am now living in Germany, surounded by lager type beers which I have never like. My goodness, how much things have moved on. This kit produces better beer than you can find in many pubs with almost no effort.

    It is also amazingly fast. Mine took 4 days to ferment, very vigorous at first and totally complete by day 4, and then it was almost clear a week later. After 2 1/2 weeks it is almost perfect.

    It even seems to bel improving still with a bit more maturing.
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    exellent ale!!
    Review by garethon 21/05/2012
    After hearing all the hype about this kit i couldnt wait to try it and it is quite simply...flippin lovely!! the wife loves it,i love it and all my mates did too!! a great kit you cant really go wrong with!! just used only what the kit came with altho i reckon some cascade hops would go down a treat!!
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    Delicious fruity bitter, with no fuss
    Review by AQHon 08/05/2012
    After a 20 year brewing hiatus, I decided to deprive the chancellor and start making my own beer and wine. I tried my first pint last night only a week after bottling. Truly superb fruity bitter with no 'yeasty' taste that I remember from my past brewing experiences. I expect that it will improve with time and be an even nicer tope.
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    What is not to like...
    Review by Hamstergberton 02/05/2012
    Another Wherry bitter kit, supplied with the rocket-propelled efficient rapidity we have all come to expect from BrewUK.

    Apart from the odd foray into Magnum cider kits seems these days that all the Woodforde's kits are firmly favourites in the Hamstergbert barrels. Almost to the exclusion of any others, and quite frankly I am probably about to give up using any different ones.

    The Wherry is always deeply satisfying and enjoyable as part of my Wherry-Nog-Wherry-Admirals-Nelsons-Wherry cycle. Piece of cake to brew (although I have yet to see any of them reach the end of first fermentation in less than a fortnight or even longer) and certainly with a floating pipe barrel tap, reasonably quick to clear.

    However, very, very difficult to leave more than a few weeks after initial clearance before broaching - it is just too damned nice!
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    As Good as the Pub!
    Review by ChrisCrossCountryon 02/05/2012
    This beer is just fantastic. I tend to have it cooled in the fridge and to me it is as good as Samuel Adams which is one of my favourite beers. Just make sure you have plenty of bottles as this makes a lot!
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    can't go wrong with a Woodforde's kit
    Review by Alexanderon 22/04/2012
    Sometimes if the temperature of your beer during brewing is a little too high, or a little too low, or you transfer the beer to the barrel a bit too early or too late, or if any number of other things are not perfect, a batch of home-brew can turn out tasting a bit like... well, home-brew. If you've tried one or two batches of other beer kits and they haven't quite come out as well as beers you get in the pub, try this. I don't know how they've done it, but somehow this seems to be an idiot-proof kit that cannot go wrong. If you'll succeed in making beer that's better than supermarket beer with any kit, you'll succeed with a Woodforde's kit. The same applies to their other kits. Oh, and one last thing: I'd recommend leaving it in the barrel (for secondary fermentation) for six weeks rather than four as it says in the instructions, just to be on the safe side. But I'd recommend that with any kit made by any brewery. When it's ready, it should be clear enough to read text through.
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    So good I keep on making it
    Review by Admiral Anchovyon 21/04/2012
    Super easy, great tasting beer. I've made three of these now and the beer is very good indeed, improving over time if you can bear to leave it!
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    40th Birthday Gift
    Review by Kay Bottson 20/04/2012
    I'm sorry I cannot rate the beer as it wasnt for me. Our friend was 40 and likes brewing his own beer and we thought what a great present. I ordered it on the Tuesday and it arrived on the Thursday ready for us to give him at the weeekend. When he opened it he was so pleased and had said it was the best one he had used before. I'll let you know when he has brewed it what he thought. Excellent choice and service form Brew UK thank you.
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    Always a pleasure
    Review by Andrew on 18/04/2012
    Always a pleasure dealing with Brew UK - the site is very informative - excellent range of products and equipment with prompt delivery what more does anyone need!
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    Great beer, well worth the time and money
    Review by Granton 28/03/2012
    I made this with the ringwood ale yeast. Then left it in the bottle for 4 weeks before trying. It is the best extract kit I have made (made about 10 so far).
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    Just too easy!
    Review by Ashon 17/03/2012
    Really easy kit good quality makes 40 pints like most ppl say better if u have the time to bottle and leave longer than instructions will use again and again
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    Getting a bit addicted......
    Review by Cliveon 15/03/2012
    Got to say after trying a few different brews this Woodforde's Wherry bitter is one of the easiest to make with the best results.
    Gets better the longer you leave it but it's so hard to leave it.
    Upped the order to 3 this time - get it while stocks last!
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    Good quality product and excellent price & delivery - Recommended
    Review by AJMon 11/03/2012
    I really rate this kit and have bought it from other sources so I knew what I was ordering; it is easy to make with very rewarding results. However, I have been let down by a previous supplier so I was looking for an alternative source, found this company on line and my experience has been a positive one.

    Beer kit - 5 stars
    Delivery - 5 stars
    Price - 5 stars
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    Fantastic Stuff
    Review by Markon 09/03/2012
    Have brewed this several times now, never a disapointment. Just gets better with age too.
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    Excellent beer
    Review by David Pon 20/02/2012
    Very simple to brew and very good to drink, I shall make more.
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    Great beer
    Review by Nickon 12/02/2012
    very straightforward to make, and a great result. Kept mine in a barrel, not tried bottles yet, and the beer was ready to drink after 12 days and is getting better by the day. At 50p a pint, this is really good value for a top beer.
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    Fantastic!!!!
    Review by Boneson 10/02/2012
    In November 2011 a I visited a Friend of mine and as I entered the house a pint of beer was thrust into my hand and most excellent it was too, upon asking him what it was I was surprised at his answer "home Brew" blimmey it was good stuff, so I searched the internet and ordered my first kit with barrel and Wherrys Bitter. It’s been lovely, smooth bittery taste took a long time to stop popping and a few weeks to clear........trouble was I had drunk half the batch before it got to its best, but I guess that’s the fun of home brewing. I am hooked and am starting a Nog this weekend.......Keep brewing all.
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    Good all round beer
    Review by Garryon 08/02/2012
    Good beer, especially if you bottle it and leave for longer than the 2 weeks it recommends. Just head some that has been in the bottle 4 weeks and it tasted great.
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    Very easy and tasty beer
    Review by Rich_UKon 07/02/2012
    This was my first attempt after buying the Woodfordes 40 Pint Premium Beer Kit as it was bundled.
    A very easy beer to brew, great results and extremely well received by everyone who tried it. All 40 pints were drunk in one sitting during a lad’s poker night. Most of which are now thinking about starting to brew themselves.
    The beer is a light brown, with a slight bitter aftertaste. It’s a beer that you can drink all day and not feel like you’ve had too much.
    I think this is going to be hard to beat!
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    best beer kit I've used
    Review by Paulon 24/01/2012
    I've tried a lot of beer kits with mixed results. Previously I reckoned Muntons dual tin kits were good and reliable, but the Woodforde kits (interestingly I'm told they're made by Muntons), in particular Wherry is the best beer kit I've used. Nelson's vvg too and I alternate between them.
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    Great brew
    Review by Lymington Bobon 23/01/2012
    Easy to do, quick, great taste (not like the old home brew of the eighties).
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    Great beer - so good I bought another 3!
    Review by Paulon 20/01/2012
    Easy to brew and if left for at least 2-4 weeks in the keg, it has a great taste. Perfect for the beginner. I liked it so much that I bought another 3 straight away.
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    So good had to make it twice!
    Review by Cliveon 13/01/2012
    Had this fantastic brew of Wherry when I bought my micro brewery last year. Fantastic pint even though it was my first attempt. Getting this at a 'sale' price is too good an offer to miss. Can't wait for it to arrive and get it bubbling!
    Luvly Jubbly! :-)
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    Very good
    Review by Jayon 03/01/2012
    I got this beer free with a kit i bought. It went down very well but got me drunk through the festive season. What a result
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    Lacking a bit!
    Review by Kammaon 22/12/2011
    Was a easy beer to brew & tasted fine.However lacked a full depth of taste.Just bought some Admiral reserve(luv my hops taste).Would buy again but would add something more to it.
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    Can't fault it!
    Review by Superpaulon 12/12/2011
    I have done a few of these now, some in bottles, some in barrels, and all under different conditions. Each time the beer has turned out perfect. Easily as good as, if not better, than anything you will get from a pub! Highly recommended.
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    1st time SUCCESS!
    Review by Delboyon 08/12/2011
    I had this in the bin for 7 days at 20C before it stopped popping. Then just 15days secondary fermentation in the pressure barrel with 120g white sugar before it went clear and the yeasty aroma disappeared. What a lovely pint it is. Beautiful colour and taste and no "home brew" yeasty overtones. A new hobby is born!
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    Delighted first timer
    Review by Ferrettyon 05/11/2011
    I had never tried making homebrew before, and had never liked any that I had tasted until I visited a friend in Austria (Austrian , but loves our beer) who served up his homebrewed English Ale which was brilliant, comparable with our great local beer (Harveys of Lewes). He said it was all available on-line so when I got home I looked it up and found Brew Uk and the Woodforde's Wherry kit. Since we really liked Wherry when we were in East anglia, I thought I would give it a go. What a success! From the first pint to the last of 40(ish) we've all loved it. Great flavour, great colour and beautifully clear if you have a little patience. Now brewing our second batch!
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    What a good start!
    Review by AK Mildon 06/09/2011
    My first ever home brew (excepting a Boots lager kit from 1981 that couldn't possibly be described as beer). The Wherry was so simple to make and having given it four weeks in the keg it poured clear and tasted as good as the 'real' pub-served Wherry. It didn't last long!

    Highly recommended.
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    First Brew
    Review by Jon Toothon 20/07/2011
    My first ever brew. Was easy to make. Left in the fermentation barrel for a week, then bunged it in a barrel. After 3 weeks was ready to drink. Tasted as good as ales you buy in a pub. Didn't clear, but that's probably because I drunk the whole barrel in a fortnight. Works out at 50p a pint, and I would happily pay 6 times that to drink this at my local.

    Just bought a second lot.
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    Good but slow to clear
    Review by brewbeginneron 09/06/2011
    I got two packs with my initial microbrewery purchase.

    It is dead easy to make with simple and clear instructions. Everyone that has tried it thinks it tastes as good as beer from the pub.

    My main gripe is that it takes so long (3 months!) to clear. First brew was in the barrel at early spring ambient temp in the garage with no finings - 3 months to clear. For the 2nd I used finings and after a couple of weeks kept the barrel in a fridge - still 3 months to clear.
    Tastes fine when not fully clear but that makes it just look like bad home brew!
    Have now moved on to "Way to Amarillo" - much more fun to make and hope it clears quicker !!
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    Just do it
    Review by Dinoorinon 29/03/2011
    I sat around wondering about home brewing. Then took a chance with the woodeford microbrewery including this ale. Having just started my first batch after less than 3 weeks since starting. It is clear, tastes great and is in my opinion as good if not better than the pub. Already got my 2nd batch going. Suspect the first will go quickly. So if your still wondering. Stop and just do it.
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    Beautiful Bernard!!!
    Review by Roy Stewarton 18/03/2011
    First homebrew with this, got through 80 pints since February!
    First stage took 8 days, then in the pressure keg with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar per pint. Second stage was almost ready in one week, but after 2 weeks it was beautifully clear and tasted better than old speckled hen. No need for extra co2 cartridges, it kept good pressure in barrel for the 3 weeks it took to drink. You just have to release a little pressure every day for about the first 10 days of second stage fermentation.
    Well recommended.
    So simple and the rewards are excellent.
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    My first brew
    Review by Ruffskion 13/01/2011
    This was my first ever brew, and it has quite simply changed my life. I was hugely impressed with the absolute ease of brewing and the amazing result; a clean, refreshing and prefectly balanced ale, as good if not even better than a pint from your local real ale pub. I've just placed a second order and can't wait for the next few weeks to pass me by until my next batch is ready. Wherry, wherry good indeed!
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    Best place to Start
    Review by Sailoron 02/05/2010
    I've brewed this many times and for the price you simply can't do any better.. It has malt and hops very present and for a kit, the hops are present in the nose which is rare. It's by no means over the top hoppy which is the reason that I don't brew it every time as that is my particular preference. But I would recommend it to anyone who likes propper beer. (don't waste it on your mates)
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    Ist timer
    Review by Novice Nickon 30/04/2010
    Like Bongo my wife bought me 'the starter kit' and I'm hooked - have won over all my friends who had misconceptions about yeasty homebrew - good clear hoppy taste
    and I'm in for more
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    good first kit
    Review by redrobon 03/01/2010
    Did one of these as my first kit for a christmas party this/last year. Easy to make and the results were excellent. A mid to golden bitter with nice caramel overtones.
    Can't wait to do my next kit!
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    WOW - forget the pub and brew your own!
    Review by Bongoon 31/12/2009
    I am a total novice, my wife bought me The Woodeforde's Wherry microbrewery starter kit a few months ago. I am just finishing the first barrel, and I have a second barrel about 2 weeks into the secondary fermentation.

    I am amazed at the quality of the beer which tastes fantastic - fine and long-lived hoppy finish. Secondary fermentation required 3 weeks to clear in the shed outside where the ambient temp has been below 10 degrees C for the duration of the secondary fermentation. The beer is still tasing very good after 5 weeks in the barrel. I have just ordered a third Wherry and also a Nelsons Revenge.
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    Beautiful
    Review by oldhenryon 20/12/2009
    I have bben beer making for 30+ years, but this kit knocks the others out cold, in my opinion. It tastes like real beer ( it is) and clears in the barrel, but needs time. Smooth and delicious I would recomend this any one .
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    Tastes like old speckled hen
    Review by demi-johnon 14/11/2009
    The woodfordes kits are always good but this is by far my favourite and I always have a barrel of this on the go. Takes a while to clear but don't rush it, it always gets there in the end.

    If I had to choose 1 beer to drink for the rest of my home brew life then this would definately be it.